QCTO Occupational Qualifications

A Game Changer

The Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) officially report to the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), The SETA license, however, has been extended, thus annual WSP/ATR reports, grant funding, and learnerships are set to conclude by March 31, 2030.

The QCTO is designed to replace the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) by bridging the gap where individuals in the labour market have the abilities but lack the certification required to obtain work or maximize earning potential, as well as to effectively and sustainably address skills shortages.

Who or What is the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)

The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, abbreviated as QCTO, was founded in 2010. It is a quality council established in accordance with the Skills Development Act No. 97 of 1998. Its main purpose is to look after the design, implementation, assessment and certification of occupational qualifications on the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF).

Occupational Qualifications

Occupational qualifications refers to qualifications associated with a trade, occupation, or profession. The QCTO developed fit-for-purpose occupational qualifications, The emphasis is on increasing occupational competence, which leads to improved employment rates and productivity. An improved qualification model that suits occupational learning :-)

To be able to practice a specific occupation efficiently, participants must be proficient in three domains of learning, which are as follows:

  • knowledge and theory component
  • practical skills component
  • work experience component

The new model intends to accelerate the processes of building occupational competence while also improving the quality and credibility of learner outcomes. It establishes clear learning pathways leading to occupation in a real workplace setting.

Quick Fact!

Skills Junction on top of transformation in the skills development space, is accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and provides a comprehensive range of occupational qualifications to meet the needs of the labour market.

Official Sources: Skills Development Act: Re-establishment of the SETA from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2030; QCTO Policy

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